AL politicians react to Obamacare repeal failure

Updated: Jul. 28, 2017 at 1:16 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama politicians are reacting after the U.S. Senate rejected a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-District 1:

"Well of course I'm terribly disappointed. We did our work  here in the House. We got a bill out in May. I'm proud of the fact that we hung in there and got the work done and got the bill out. Now the Senate has failed. Let me say that again, as an institution the United States Senate has failed. We don't have anything more we can do with it here in the House because the legislative vehicle that we have to work with is stuck over there in the Senate. So we've got to move on to some other things as we've already moved on to some other things. So while it's a big disappointment we have many other things to do for America. We need to stay focused on that and get them done."

On President Trump's tweet about watching Obamacare implode:
"At this point I don't know if we've got any other choice. I think that's exactly what's going to happen because without some legislative vehicle to change Obamacare, it's going to continue to fail as it was failing terribly during the last years of Obama's presidency when he was doing everything he could to save it, and it just couldn't be saved, so I think this is the final stages of the implosion of Obamacare."

Rep. Martha Roby, R-District 2:

"We had a bill that was pulled and we took another shot at it. This is a promise that we made to the American people and it is absolutely unacceptable that the Senate is ready to move on. There's no moving on from here..."

Rep. Terri Sewell, D-District 7:

"As a representative of a district and state where providers and patients are heavily dependent on Medicaid, Medicare, and Affordable Care Act (ACA) cost sharing reductions and protections, I am relieved that efforts to roll back those protections remain unsuccessful," said Rep. Sewell. "The partisan repeal effort in the Senate failed because Trumpcare would have eliminated coverage for millions of Americans and raised costs for many more. The Senators who put their constituents' needs over politics last night by voting against the bill should be commended for their courage. Equally as inspiring are the constituents who have called, emailed, and visited their Members of Congress to speak out for the millions of Americans who would lose health coverage under Trumpcare. While I am grateful that the Senate's ill-advised bill did not pass last night, we cannot forget that efforts to sabotage the ACA, repeal the protections of the ACA, and dismantle Medicaid and Medicare have not yet been defeated. We must remain vigilant in defending health care for all Americans.

"Now we can start bipartisan efforts to fix the ACA. I am proud to support a five-point health care plan that would address some of the biggest challenges in our health care system with commonsense solutions, like protecting premium assistance, promoting continuous coverage, and protecting essential health benefits. It is time for Republican leaders to work with Democrats, patient groups, our health care providers, and the American people to draft a bill that stabilizes the individual market and increases affordable coverage options for all Americans."

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-AL:

"I am disappointed that the Senate could not agree on a bill intended to help millions of Americans escape Obamacare's burdens.  Obamacare has led to skyrocketing costs and collapsing insurance markets.  The status quo is unsustainable.  Republicans made a promise to the American people to repeal and replace this failing law, and while many of us have worked to keep that promise, our efforts were unsuccessful.

"We have missed a vital opportunity to provide relief from a flawed law on the verge of collapse.  The American people deserve better.  They deserve health care reform that actually works."

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